The Mysterious Link: Music and Playback Theatre 

Instructor: Tim Van Ness

July 9,10, 2022 (Sat-Sun)

9:30am - 5:30pm ET

Level 2 Elective Course


Unison Arts Center

68 Mountain Rest Road

New Paltz,  NY 12561 USA


In this workshop students will explore how music plays multiple roles and is the mysterious link between all dimensions of great Playback Theatre. What are the essential components of playing effective music for Playback even if you're not an expert musician? How can we listen for the music that binds a story or short form together? We will get to know the instruments; experiment with the simple ways our voices have a powerful impact; explore how music affects the actions of the actors and emotional landscape of the story; and discover music's role in the ritual dimension of good Playback Theatre. This course will also provide teaching concepts and techniques for company leaders and teachers who need to guide Playback musicians but are not musicians themselves. Please bring your favorite instrument(s)! We may also find evening time to jam together at the fire circle! All levels of musical experience are welcome. 



Prerequisite: Core Training or equivalent*

*One year with an active company or 40 hours of practice


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1.  Payment of course

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Music and Playback (Summer 2022)

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